Its the HOME OPENER this weekend (21/10/2017) against defending champions Bellville Tygers
The Macaws welcome the reigning ML champs Bellville Tygers to Chukker Road on Saturday.
Although the Macaws are in the rebuilding phase, the way they lost last weekend to the Bothasig Knights was not what the macaws had hoped for. The first two innings was all that it took to unrail the plan last week and the Macaws will be hoping for an improved showing this weekend.
The Macaws have a few new faces that are part of the rebuild and welcome Jayde Thorne (ex-Giants) and Kieran Moore (ex-Devonshire) to the VOB family. Both players have been playing in Germany over the past two years and are good young additions. Jayde is an accomplished baller who has played at many levels and has been knocking on the SA team door for a while now. Kieran is a young upstart at ML level, but has developed quickly now that he plays in Germany in our off-seasons. He has already represented South Africa at youth level.
The team is starting to have a nice blend of u20’s (Luke November, Lance Gordon, Jesse Johnson), over 20’s (Josh Rich, Kieran Moore, Jayde Thorne, Zubair Larney, etc.) and over 30’s (Paul Bell, Jared Haynes, Grant Emmanuel, etc.) which means longevity once they click. The team will be guided by Cedric Johnson (head coach), assistant coaches Brevan Pharoah and Andrew Ball with Kevin Johnson stepping into the technical advisory role.
Tygers are always a tough team with there many veteran players, but have also started blending some youth into the mix. They are without the services of their pro players, Callan Pearce (shoulder surgery) and Anthony “Tolla” Phillips (still in USA), but have enough veteran presence during the early parts of the season to get by. Coach Alan Phillips will once again rely heavily on the likes of Jonathan Phillips, Alan Randal and Kyle Ettisch in the early season.
An interesting game ahead if the Macaws can prevent big innings as was the case last weekend.